Self-Sufficiency, Rabbits, and Rabbit Poo... %)
Bunnyginup started from two rabbits, six chickens, and a few garden beds to feed them. It's a self-sufficiency project insofar as I supplement my pension with food either grown here or bartered by produce and product.
The name was only added this year, and, working backwards, "up" is Australian Aboriginal for "place of," "gin" is "stream or many streams" and "bunny" is a current English word for rabbit... So it could be called "The Place Where The Streams Are Chock Full Of Rabbits."
Originally the project was a backyard project near to Perth in Western Australia, but more recently it's moved to the Southwest into the agricultural belt because here I can lease a farmhouse with about an acre of land and perhaps one day raise the money to buy that and the 24 acres surrounding it.
The Australian Southwest has been in the grip of an ever-worsening drought, and the farmers out here are doing it tougher every year, resulting in more and more walk-offs and sales and mergers.
One thing they are doing is doggedly sticking to the old broadacre concepts, and of course it's not working out well. Bunnyginup intends to be a little "thorn in their side," a way to show the interested ones that there are other livestock and crops and methods, many of which will work far better in the climate as it's shaping up to be...
I hope that by showing another way of doing things, we may still save some of the land in WA from being laser-levelled and murdered... %)
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